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miner

[mahy-ner] /ˈmaɪ nər/
noun
1.
Also called mineworker. a person who works in a mine, especially a commercial mine producing coal or metallic ores.
2.
a mechanical device used in mining:
a miner for extracting ores from the ocean floor.
3.
any of several Australian birds of the genus Manorina, feeding on honey and typically having a loud call.
4.
any of various insect larvae that create tunnels in the parenchyma of leaves.
5.
(formerly) a person who places or lays military or naval mines.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; mine2 + -er1; replacing Middle English minour < Anglo-French (see -or2)
Can be confused
miner, minor, myna.
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British Dictionary definitions for miners

miner

/ˈmaɪnə/
noun
1.
a person who works in a mine
2.
Also called continuous miner. a large machine for the automatic extraction of minerals, esp coal, from a mine
3.
any of various insects or insect larvae that bore into and feed on plant tissues See also leaf miner
4.
(Austral) any of several honey-eaters of the genus Manorina, esp M. melanocephala (noisy miner), of scrub regions See noisy miner
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Word Origin and History for miners

miner

n.

late 13c., from Old French minour (13c.), from miner "to mine" (see mine (n.1)).

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